Rockhurst topples Colorado power

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: September 30, 2017 - 12:38 AM

In a battle between two differing styles of offense, Rockhurst used it’s hard-nosed, control the ball approach to pick up an impressive 40-28 victory over Pomona (Colo.).

The Hawklets never trailed as they racked up 468 yards of total offense over Pomona, a team that has reached the finals in Colorado’s largest class the last two seasons.

Leading the way for Rockhurst, who improved to 4-2, was running back Brady McCanles. The senior running back ran for 138 yards on 28 carries and scored the first two touchdowns of the game for Hawklets. Rockhurst also got a pair of scores from Matt O’Keefe.

The grind it out approach became particularly useful for Rockhurst when the Panthers pulled within a score with 4:10 left in the third quarter, 28-21.

Quarterback Derek Green led Rockhurst on what would become the game-winning drive, taking up over seven minutes of game clock. The drive was capped off by a 10-yard run from Cooper Krezek. The drive stayed alive however, when Green scrambled for 15 yards on a fourth-and-5 conversion the play before the score.

“That’s the kind of team we are,” Rockhurst head coach Tony Severino said. “When you have drives like that though, the most important thing is at the end you have to score.”

For all the drives Rockhurst put together taking four, five or six minutes off the clock, the Panthers did just the opposite.

Pomona scored on a two-play drive on its first possession, a five-play drive, and a three-play drive.

The Panthers were explosive on Friday, racking up 365 yards of offense, with 234 of those yards coming on just four plays.

“They are a good team,” Severino said. “Their quarterback and wide receiver got us a little bit but we were able to contain their running back except for the one long run he had on fourth-and-1.”

Rockhurst held running back Max Borghi, a Washington State commit, to just 80 yards on 10 carries, with over half those yards coming on a 47-yard run.

In the end, it was Rockhurst who used an explosive play of its own to seal the victory.

With 4:57 left in the game, the Hawklets came out of a timeout and Green hit Krezek in stride for a 62-yard touchdown pass that ended any legitimate comeback hopes.

The schedule gets no easier for Rockhurst. They host CBC, the top ranked team in Missouri Class 6 next Friday.